June 7, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Miami University forward Andy Miele and incoming freshman Blake Coleman were both recognized by USA Hockey Friday, as Miele was named USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year while Coleman garnered the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year award.

Miele (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), who became the first RedHawk to win the prestigious Hobey Baker Award in 2011, led the NCAA with 71 points, 47 assists and a 1.82 points per game average playing in all 39 games this year while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points were 11 more than anyone in the nation this year and the most since 2002-03. Miele ranked second on Miami's single-season assists list this past year and handed out the most helpers since 1978-79 while tying for second in single-season points at Miami, also the most since 1978-79.

In addition to his Hobey Baker Award, Miele earned First-Team All-America recognition from the American Hockey Coaches Association, INCH and College Hockey News. He also was tabbed CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA, All-CCHA Tournament Team and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history.

Miele, an assistant captain for the `Hawks in 2010-11, captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play, the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play were also first and more than anyone else had points (the first time in CCHA history that's happened), as well as the most since 1996-97.

Blake Coleman


In addition to his honor from USA Hockey, Coleman (Plano, Texas) was named the 2010-11 United States Hockey League (Tier 1 Juniors USHL) Player and Forward of the Year. The 5-foot-11 forward claimed the USHL scoring title recording 34 goals and 58 assists for a total of 92 points in 59 games for the Indiana Ice. His 92 points were the most scored in over a decade in the USHL, and also 17 points more than the next highest point scorer this year.

Coleman recorded 29 multi-point games this past season, including two five-point games. His five assists on Jan. 2 were a league season high. Coleman had an eight-game point streak (6-8-14) from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 and also had two six-game point streaks during the season. He had points in 10 of his final 11 games of the regular season (9-14-23) and posted a plus-19 rating during that stretch. Coleman also led the USHL with an impressive plus-52 rating on the year, the highest rating on record since the USHL became Tier I in 2002.

Coleman and Miele, along with other award winners from USA Hockey, will be honored by USA Hockey at "A Night of Tribute" awards dinner on June 8 at the USA Hockey Annual Congress.

--MURedHawks.com--